Thursday, 23 July 2020

Being 58 - The Author Looks Back at the 1970s With 2020 Vision

"Hindsight, they say, is a wonderful thing, although it cannot be used to right historical wrongs and is in that sense quite useless".

All the same, we invariably look back upon our formative years with some degree of affection, if inevitably through a rose-tinted lens.

Being 58 is the first of a series of booklets through which I hope to create some context for my already-published novel, set in 1976, entitled The Best Year Of Our Lives. Through it I have attempted to offer a sneak-peak into the mindset of lead character Paul Adams, as he bathes in the moment of the glorious summer of 1976.

Whether we celebrate the innocence of adolescence or denounce the ignorance of the age matters not, for the future has not yet happened. In the land he inhabits he is king.

Looking back to the 1970s through the grey tired lens of the 21st century can be a painful experience, but therapeutic also. It was when wonderful memories were made.

It is not mine to decide whether the seventies finds its place in history as a statue or a museum piece. That is one for the judges of the future. For me, it's only important that isn't forgotten.

Being 58 is available from Amazon in paperback (£2.99) or ebook format (£0.99).

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